What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

The blog

The art of history writing is greatly underappreciated in this country. (Al Raposas)

On January 9, 2017, a new logo was adopted
coinciding with the blog's name change.
The two Baybayin characters stand for F and H.
There have been history blogs managed by Filipinos before, but back then, there was none like this one. On December 15, 2012, less than a week before the Mayan Calendar supposedly forecast the "end of the world," the Filipino Historian (#FilipinoHistorian) was created by its lone author Al Raposas in hopes of launching the Philippines' foremost history website. It may not be the first, but it aimed to be the leading since day zero. Thus, the description: Witnessing Philippine history and beyond. The debut article was published on December 16, just a day later. However, there had been an impasse from April 2013 until September 2014. This was 17 months wherein no new article was published. In the first two months of reviving this history website, 20 new articles were posted. Within two short months, the blog exceeded what has been achieved in the preceding two years. With the successful restoration of this history website, it is fervently hoped that this would grow to become one of the more authoritative, more read, and more recognized among history blogs and websites in the Philippines and in Asia as well. To this day, along with a new URL (history-ph), the blog has also obtained a new name (from The Young Filipino Historian to Filipino Historian). On June 1, 2015, recognizing that it has been read in more than 35 countries outside the Philippines three months prior, the history blog had adopted the title International. The description was also expanded with a more encouraging motto: History to the Philippines and the world. To know more about what we have achieved together, here are the past State of the Blog Addresses, yet another innovation in the blogosphere uniquely initiated by the Filipino Historian for its ever supportive audience.

In December 2017, Feedspot recognized the Filipino Historian
as the only history blog in the Top 100 blogs in the Philippines

As of December 31, 2017, the blog has exceeded 130,000 reads and 1,250,000 social media impressions. As the author's vision to reach one million people in 2017, and two million people ("2 million miracles") in 2018, has been achieved sooner than expected, the goal was expanded further to reach five million people (i.e., 5,000,000) by the end of 2020. For now, it appears a long shot, but a single author writing somewhere in the archipelago has proven critics and cynics alike over and over. As the saying goes, the best is yet to come.

Blurbs for the blog:
Here are some (encouraging) statements on the blog from (supposedly) renowned people.

The author

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." (Philippians 2:3)

Really, who reads egomaniacal, self-serving, chest-beating biographies? Then again, for those who do not believe in writing about themselves, here goes an embarrassing and horrendous one.

Al Raposas is a Filipino Christian historian and writer. With interview invites from and appearances in a number of media stations (DZUP 1602, DZRB 738, TV 5, UNTV 37, GMA 7, among others) to discuss history and other disciplines since 2014, he is rapidly being known as the nation's "youngest historian" to be featured by the national media, an unofficial title conferred by a lot of people that has earned both commendation and criticism from the academia.

Leadership and Management
In 2003, he was elected as a class officer for the first time, formally ushering a somewhat notable record as a student leader. Prior to holding elective office, he served as a KAB (Kabataan Alay sa Bayan) Scout in the Boy Scouts of the Philippines from 2000. He was class vice president in 2006 and class president in 2007. In 2008, he joined the Historia Club (a local history organization), and this would begin a longtime membership culminating to his service as Information Officer in 2010, and President in 2011. As president, he undertook the arduous task of rebuilding a club greatly reduced in membership. In the Philippines, history is not the most popular of disciplines, and it reflects both in the national and local levels. Despite the only president in club history to have a single term, his service has left a foundation that has endured years after as the club reached heights that have been beyond expectations. While as an individual he cannot solely claim the club's success, it can be said that the foundation laid by Raposas transformed the least of the clubs to one of the best.

In 2013, he ran for councilor in the student council of University of the Philippines Diliman as the only independent candidate. Devoid of machinery and organization, he campaigned heavily on reforming and innovating student government and the electoral process by incorporating technology and participatory politics. In addition to this, he upheld transparency, accountability, and good governance in student government, with himself setting the example. However, he gained only 15% of the vote in a losing effort. While his political campaign was a failure, two of the three major political parties in the campus offered him a position in their slate for the following year. There were even offers for him to lead a new fourth party in the university, which he did not accept. Even his political rivals cannot help but give commendation for his convictions, with one winning candidate calling his campaign as "the best in our generation." This is perhaps a testament to his defying the odds. Polls showed him to have 5% at best, mainly due to his exclusion to the debates, becoming the only candidate who was not invited to and has not participated in the debates in recent years. In the main, he remained committed to his independent beliefs and convictions. Indeed, even if his name may have been long forgotten years after his failed campaign, his political ideas remained relevant in the university. His advocacy after his formal campaign has since reached tens of thousands, making him more influential as a private citizen and student than as a political candidate.

Beyond the academia, he remained active in public service whether or not he served an elective or appointive office, leading to a humble track record of fifteen years of public service: a small feat that may still be somewhat rare anywhere in the Philippines. His dedication to public service, nurtured during his youth, has continued to this day.

Academic Achievement
Despite being heavily involved in public service, he graduated with first honors (valedictorian) in four different schools from kindergarten to elementary. In high school, he received the Marikina City Mayor's Excellence Award. Thereafter, he took a bachelor's degree in history, finishing as magna cum laude and class salutatorian, in the University of the Philippines. He is currently taking a master's degree in Public Administration at the same university. Coming from a socioeconomically poor family, he had to obtain scholarships and other grants along the way to continue his studies.

Prior to his university days, he was ranked 3rd in the division for the National Achievement Test (NAT), gaining an average percentile of 99+, and 1st in Araling Panlipunan (Social Studies) portion of the said test. Meanwhile, in the university, he has distinguished himself in a number of history courses, such as Colonial History of the Philippines, Women's History, Social History, European History, Asian History, Philippine Institutions 100 (a.k.a. PI 100, Rizal course), Military History, and History of Filipino Nationalism. He has also distinguished himself in a number of non-history courses, such as Engineering Science, Spanish, Philosophy, Fiscal Administration, Theory and Practice of Public Administration, Public Policy and Program Administration, and Research Methods. He garnered the highest grade overall in a university-wide examination on the Saligang Batas (Philippine Constitution).

Besides fluency in Filipino and English, he has displayed basic knowledge in a number of languages, including Spanish (Español) and Japanese (Nihongo).

His athletic record is quite ordinary. His daily walking routine makes him cover at least seven (7) kilometers a day. He was able to finish the 100-meter dash in 9.83 seconds, perhaps making him the unofficial fastest person in the Philippines (the current Asian record is 9.91 seconds). His record in the 400-meter dash stands at 45 seconds (the current world record is 43.03 seconds). Meanwhile, his records in longer distances are not as good, with 8 minutes for a 2-kilometer race, and 43.8 minutes for a 10-kilometer race. Nevertheless, he is not particularly fond in participating in official events.

Writing and Drawing
His formal writing experience began on January 17, 2010, when he was [forced to] write the nine-part fan fiction Code Antony (#CA) as an alternative school project. Code Antony was a smash hit among his batch, even causing some of his classmates to incorporate their alter egos in the narrative. From May 28 to June 23, 2011, he wrote his first work in Filipino: the superhero story Tinyente Tagalog (#T2). It was revised from August 11, 2011 to December 21, 2011, and then published online on December 15, 2013. It was nominated thrice in the Wattys (2014, 2016, 2017).

On September 25, 2011, he became a Wikipedia editor. To date, he has authored more than 340 pages, including articles on 14 out of 137 governors general of the Philippines, and 7 out of 27 battles during the Philippine-American War. From 2015 to 2016, he served as an editor in the publication Sinag. He continues to contribute to the said publication as of 2018.

He also had continuing interests in various fields. Among them are photography, volunteer work, game creation, and drawing comics. Coming from a socioeconomically poor family, he resorted to selling his own comics and other written works to make a few pesos as his school allowance. Later on, nobody wanted to buy his comics anymore. Nevertheless, he continued making them, a passion that is paralleled only by his writing. It also emerged as a companion for his works, since he found it extremely difficult to find partner illustrators for his articles and stories.

List of works
An incomplete list of Raposas' published and unpublished works.

Short stories: The Cane and The Ring (undated), Still Small Voice (2010), The Worst Love Story Of Our Generation (2013)

Novels: Code Antony (2010), Tinyente Tagalog (2011), Changing the Letters (2013), Special Friend X (2016), Run to the Sky (2017)

Poems: Para Sa Aliyang Nawala (2017), Nasaan Ka Aking Sinta (2017)

Songs: Hello, My Love (2011), Larawang Wasak (2011)

Games: Monopoll - the Philippine Election Game (2011), The Longest Year (2018)

Comics: Kapitan (2003), Professor Magnet (2006), Angel (2006), Peasant Academy (2006), Centurion Marcus (2007), Thrombocyte: The Last Platelet (2007), EIA: Earth Invasion Army (2007), Gospel (2008), The Electron Regime (2008), Sepio: Ang Dakilang Magtataho (2009), Archiceres: Fanboy of Archimedes (2009), The Catastrophic Trio (2010), ProMoFun (2010), Lightning God In White Coat (2011), Ken Incident (2012), Codename: Playa Honda (2012), Alrajah (2012), The Cost (2013), Hindi Natutulog Ang Gabi (2013), El Gato Exilado: The Exiled Cat (2014), Mycota the Slasher (2014), Son of God (2016), Corporal 72 (2016), Diplomat: The One Lost In Time (2016), El Tulisan (2017), Buhay Cell (2018)

Articles (outside this website):

His blogging career also began in 2010 with a personal blog which is now inactive. In its lifetime of some three years, the blog had garnered 10,000 page views. In his eagerness to write history for all the people throughout the nation and around the world, the Filipino Historian was created in 2012. While the author believes it to be too prudent in a way to claim oneself as a historian, since a historian is also a scholar, and usually requires graduate studies, it is apparently the only appropriate classification for him at this time. While the author has preferred to be known as a disciple or student of history, it is common knowledge that whoever is a disciple of history is a historian. For example, the same goes for a disciple of Jesus Christ, a Christian. Thus, the blog's name.

Connect with the author online: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | LinkedIn | Google Plus

Blurbs for the author:
Here are some (encouraging) statements on the author from (supposedly) renowned people.

  • It'd be a gift to humanity if you just quit. (Nancy M.)
  • I believe you are someone special. (A. Almazan)
  • Here we go again. I know that already, so stop asking. (I. Pasco)
  • You seem like a nice person. (A. Pasco)
  • Keep walking. (M. Chua)
  • Glad to see someone being in charge. (P. S. Kim)
  • You write well. (N. Teodoro)
  • You are a man of integrity. (A. Buenaagua)
  • A very well educated author. (V. Romero)
  • Brilliant. (G. Pilapil)
  • Universal! (B. Homan)
  • Ampanget! (from the author's parents)
  • Hindi nga?! (from a number of classmates of the author)
  • Pauso 'to. Seryoso? (B. Balaoing)
  • Wala ka naman palang kinikita d'yan! (from the author's churchmates)
  • Grabe advanced mag-isip. (G. Saturno)
  • Wala talaga akong feelings para sa'yo eh. (C. Miranda)
  • Kung ako na lang binigyan mo ng flowers, sasagutin kita agad. (K. Rodriguez)
  • Aking nabatid ang kanyang marubdob na pagmamahal sa kasaysayan! (K. Esquejo)
  • Ang bata mo pa, may legacy ka na! Youngest historian on national TV? (P. Manuel)
  • -smiles, moves hair behind the ear, looks away, looks back, repeats the process- (from a random girl the author met in public transport)
  • -leans head on my shoulder, sleeps- (from another random girl the author met in public transport)

Translated in 102 languages

"I am indeed relatable because I have become translatable." (Anonymous)

   By installing Google Translate in this history blog, the reader can now readily read the content in 102 other languages. The roster of languages include: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarussian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Maori, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sesotho, Sindhi, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Spanish, Sundanese, Swahili, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Xhosa, Yiddish, and Zulu. Filipino and Cebuano are also available, while Ilocano and Bicolano are under development. The Translate option can be seen at the sidebar of this blog. Enjoy reading the Filipino Historian.

Recent accomplishments

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
(Colossians 3:23)

  • Blogs ng Pinoy: (January 2015 - 3rd, April 2015 - 2nd, August 2018 - 4th)
  • Alexa: (top 0.1% of active websites - December 2018; top 0.2% - November 2018, October 2018, July 2018, May 2018; top 0.3% - August 2018, April 2018)
  • SimilarWeb: (top 0.1% of active websites - December 2018, October 2018, December 2017; top 0.2% - November 2018, August 2018, July 2018; top 0.3% - September 2018, June 2018, November 2017)
  • Blogtopsites: (September 2016 - 5th in local)
  • Top Blogs Philippines: (May 2017 - 5th, August 2017- 4th)
  • Top 100 Philippines Blogs (December 2017 [72], March 2018 [73], June 2018 [80], November 2018 [87] - only history blog listed)
  • Nominated, Bloggys 2015: The Philippine Blogging Awards (Society and Politics)
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